Marfa Dialogues

Cassandro, the Exótico!

August 9, 2019

Ballroom Marfa presents
Cassandro, the Exótico! directed by Marie Losier. Courtesy Urban Distribution International.
In the courtyard at Ballroom Marfa
With special appearance from Cassandro; Q&A hosted by Sauvignon Blanca; and DJ set by Tokyo Bois.
8:30pm | Free

In case of rain, we will screen the film at the Marfa Visitor Center.

Ballroom Marfa presents a free screening of Cassandro, The Exótico! – a unique and intimate portrait of the eponymous lucha libre star who grew up in Juarez, Mexico. The program is a celebration of Cassandro’s life as a former NWA World Welterweight and UWA World Lightweight Champion, and one of the world’s first openly gay luchador wrestlers.

Director Marie Losier beautifully captures the moving, at times humorous, and always colorful dualities of this legendary figure. After decades of spinning dives and flying uppercuts in the ring, Cassandro, the star of the gender-bending cross-dressing Mexican wrestlers known as the Exóticos, is now ready to share his journey. Cassandro’s story—of an underdog and a queer icon, simultaneously fragile and mighty—is ever more timely as it unfolds on both sides of the Mexican-American border.

Ballroom willrelease a special edition silkscreen poster, designed by Marcel Alcalá, to raise money for the El Paso Community Foundation and the victims of the shooting in El Paso on August 3rd. .

Come early and stay late because Tokyo Bois will play border-themed beats, desert-rock, and psychedelic cumbia before and after the screening.

Cassandro, el Exótico! is free and open to the public. Limited seating will be provided, so please bring blankets and lawn chairs.

    This program is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Marfa; Lebermann Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; and Ballroom Marfa members.


    In-kind support provided by Austin Eastciders and Saint Arnolds Brewery

    Marcel Alcala, FILM MOVEMENT, Marie Locier, Marfa Recording Co., Christy Miller, Proper Printshop, Sauvignon Blanca, Tokyo Bois, Maxwell Wolkin.